BADMINTONscotland today joined the tributes to Dr Fiona McEwan, who passed away on Friday after a short illness.
Fiona had strong and long-standing badminton connections and Chief Executive Anne Smillie said: “It is very sad news. She was an influential figure in BADMINTONscotland’s modern-day development and was our first woman President in 1999.”
At the end of her two-year term Fiona remained a member of the Board of Directors until 2011. But in a long involvement pre-dating her Presidency she also served on the Management Committee, the International Match and Tournament Committee, the Selection, Coaching, Youth, and Planning Committees.
She was also a qualified coach and achieved the highest level of coaching award in the West of Scotland Group.
Most importantly, Fiona was Scotland team manager at the 1994 and 1998 Commonwealth Games and was Vice Chair of Commonwealth Games Scotland for two terms, before standing down in 2015.
Away from badminton her husband, Duncan, inspired her to take up photography and her other interests included stamp and coin collecting and visiting antique fairs. Until recently she also enjoyed playing tennis.
She leaves behind husband Duncan, daughters Kirsteen and Deirdre, their husbands Mark and Craig, and grandchildren Ewan, Ruaridh and Isla.
BADMINTONscotland President Dan Travers said: “There was never any doubt her heart was in the right place. She did a power of work to further badminton's profile among other sports and went on to serve on the Commonwealth Games Council for Scotland.
“She was a very intelligent woman who was always there to offer advice.”
Morag McCulloch, who succeeded Fiona as President in 2001, said: “I knew her for over 50 years. She was at Glasgow University and I was at Strathclyde. We played many matches against each other and she also played in the West of Scotland League so we met up often. We had always chatted a lot about badminton and families.”
Fiona's funeral will be on Thursday 11am at Bishopton Parish Church (3 Greenock Road, Bishopton, PA7 5PP), then 12 noon at Woodside Crematorium (46 Broomlands Street, Paisley, PA1 2NP).